Septic Cardiomyopathy

Septic Cardiomyopathy

A middle aged man developed septic shock secondary to community acquired pneumonia. He was ventilated and commenced on noradrenaline therapy. He had an echo on admission that showed a structurally normal heart with normal biventricular function. He remained statically unwell for several days and had a further deterioration on day 4 with further bilateral consolidation seen on CXR. Repeat echocardiography showed a well filled, but globally impaired heart with an ejection fraction of 10-20%. He was commenced on additional inotropic support, but continued to deteriorate, developed multiorgan failure and died.

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vasopressin for adults in septic shock

Vasopressin for Adults with Septic Shock

A 70 year old man with known prostatic malignancy and stage III chronic kidney disease developed fevers, left flank pain, urinary frequency and confusion. He deteriorated rapidly in ED becoming hypotensive and drowsy. He had a lactic acidosis. CT abdomen was showed left hydronephrosis and hydroureter and was suggestive of an infected obstructed kidney. During the scan he became peri-arrest and was intubated. There was a logistical delay in achieving nephrostomy, and he was requiring escalating levels of noradrenaline. Vasopressin was commenced in order to maintain his mean arterial pressure and reduce the noradrenaline requirement from 0.8mcg/kg/min. Nephrostomy was achieved around 12 hours later and he subsequently made a full recovery.

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